In recent years, The Norwegian Wind Ensemble has paved the way, both nationally and internationally, for classical improvisation. Real-time music is improvisation using a classical musical language – created live and in the moment.
In collaboration with Professor Geir Lysne, the ensemble has worked to develop both a collective knowledge and an individual skill in improvisation, within a classical framework. The ensemble has become a reference point in Europe, where educational institutions send their students for professional development in real-time music.
Our real-time music concerts give the audience a unique experience each and every performance. There are no pre-arrangements, sheet music or decisions made as to what direction the music takes.
These are our most recent and ongoing Real-time Music projects:
A groundbreaking concert showcasing the classical silent horror movie Nosferatu
(1922) by F. W. Murnau. It is considered one of the most important movies in its genre. The Norwegian Wind Ensemble – in collaboration with the German award-winning pianist Michael Wollny and drummer Eric Schaefer – creates the soundtrack in the moment! The ensemble is well-established in Germany and has played to sold out houses in several German cities.
Prélude à l'après-midi des Trolls
An improvised concert inspired by Debussy’s masterpiece Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
and the trolls of Nordic folklore and storytelling traditions.
The Norwegian Wind Ensemble and Michael Wollny creates a unique concert in Real-time. The concert was last performed at Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and in Alte Oper, Frankfurt – autumn of 2016.
Images of Spring
An improvised concert inspired by Stravinskij’s The Rite of Spring
. In this performance, the ensemble collaborates with the internationally well-known jazz pianist Vladislav Sendecki. It was last performed at Olavshallen in Trondheim – February 2017.
As the title indicates, this project is inspired by the moon! The Norwegian Wind Ensemble was invited to join the Michael Wollny Trio on tour at several renowned German music festivals late August 2017.
The recording of oslo
In autumn 2017 Michael Wollny invited us to participate in the recording of the CD OSLO. For The Norwegian Wind Ensemble this was the first album recordered in Real-Time. In January/February 2018 followed release concerts in Kulturkirken Jacob in Oslo and at WDR Jazzfest i Gütersloh, Germany. OSLO (ACT Music) was recorded in Rainbow Studio, Oslo and is available on the market from March 2018.
Improvised musical theatre for young students in Østfold county. This is a collaboration project between Østfold Kulturutvikling, Det Norske Blåseensemble and Det Andre Teatret. The performers enter stage with no sheet music or script. How the story unfolds depends entirely on what happens between the musicians, actors and the children present.
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